This post covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2018.02. Please note that the Analytics Cloud Help documentation is updated at the same time as the upgrade to this release, so the links here may not yet reflect what is described below until after the upgrade is complete.
Highlights of this release:
- Quickly populate account data in a blank version via copy/paste
- Change input tasks using value driver tree simulations
- Value driver tree consumption improvements
- Data history panel improvements
- Enhanced settings for importing data from the content library
- Enhanced column formatting options in the file area
- Specify trusted origins for embedding purposes
Data Analysis, Stories, and Tables
Quickly populate account data in a blank version via copy/paste
Tired of manually entering account data? Now when you create a blank version, you can cut down time doing data entry by simply copying and pasting the aggregated account values, even if you have parent-child hierarchies
Change input tasks using value driver tree simulations
SAP Analytics Cloud now supports Value Driver Trees in an input schedule. As an assignee, you can now perform simulations using the value driver trees. All your data changes from the simulation will be synchronized with the grid. Meaning you now will have more options to model visualizations.
Value driver tree consumption improvements
If you work globally and with different currencies, this enhancement is for you. You can now select currency types in the value driver in addition to the default and local currencies. Financial planning has never been easier.
Data history panel improvements
Ever wished that you could take back a mistake? With the new history panel, you have more undo/redo control over the actions you’ve taken.
Imagine: you’re the assignee of an input task and decide you want to undo something. Just click! By clicking into the data region and opening the history panel, you can see the private input task version with every single change made.
Don’t worry if you have multiple colleagues collaborating. You can just click on an individual change and jump between change states before sending the task back to your colleague.
Modeler usability enhancements
The modeling user interface now includes even more enhancements:
- Column orientation (fixed, moved)
- Filtering on columns
- Sort on columns
- Hide columns
Rearrange your columns, filter and sort to your heart’s desire, or even hide the columns you don’t want to see. Customizing your data is easy.
Enhanced settings for importing data from the content library
When you’re importing business content from the content library, you can customize your import options and receive update notifications. There’s also a nifty progress bar that lets you know the status of your data import.
Enhanced column formatting options in the file area
You can now show or hide columns in the files area—making it easier to clean up your data. Your settings are now saved across your visits.
Specify trusted origins for embedding purposes
When embedding SAP Analytics Cloud in your own web pages or applications, you can now specify the trusted origins as the domains on which those applications are hosted. This helps ensure that response headers are set correctly to support embedding in web pages and enhances security to protect you against clickjacking.
Create forecasts in a line chart
You can now run predictive forecasts in a line chart. This extends time series forecasting to line chart to provide improved flexibility in creating visualizations with a time dimension. This gives you the ability to have separate scaling for measures and mimics time series trend chart functionality.
Improved action bar
Utilize the enhanced touch and mouse interaction! Now, the action bar appears when you hover over the browser window edge. When you’re presenting, you can use touch controls by swiping from the edge to show the action bar on touch devices.
Data Analysis, Stories, and Tables
Measure-based calculated dimensions
In this update, you can create calculated dimensions on aggregated measures. For example, you can group the “Sales Managers” dimension into high and low “Gross Margin” measures.
Please note that existing chart, story or page filters will be ignored by the calculated dimension. This helps ensure that grouping for dimension members is consistent.
Dynamic text in chart titles and subtitles
You can now create dynamic text within chart titles and subtitles on scale, unit, measures and dimensions.